52 on Friday ~ week 4

I’m cheating this week ( i think? ).  I am using a photo I took last week for this weeks theme:  Black & White

Not sure what to write this week, other than my “black & white” influence would be the obvious famous favorite, Ansel Adams.   Our climate/weather is strange this year and it can’t decide whether it wants to be spring or winter…. Our poor plant-life is  very confused… this was of a tree budding in Blanchard Springs… Yesterday I saw daffodils and tulips in bloom… two months early… its January….. January!

Enjoy!   Remember to check out the other photographers in our group and see what they came up with for this weeks theme.  Start here with Kayleigh of Kayleigh Ross Photography

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January Self-Portrait Contest

Huge Thanks goes to Rock the Shot (www.rocktheshotforum.com ) for this contest.           Go take a look at their site!

This is an excerpt from my blog on January 6th, 2012.  I am currently participating in a photography project: “52 on Friday“.  It is a group of 13 photographers from Arkansas, with their take on each weeks theme, posting on Friday, of course.  Our first week’s theme was “self-portrait”.

Honestly I have not done a self-portrait since 7th grade.  Granted these two are not exactly the same when it comes to content.  Seventh grade was paper, pencil, and a mirror … and I couldn’t get the nose right, so frustrating.  This self-portrait go around was a more positive experience.  I chose to take my last day off from my day job, and see what I came up with, a bit apprehensive, because taking a picture of yourself is a bit intimidating, at least for myself, I have always struggled with my self-image.  The more I did it though the more I became ok with staring at the camera {  hmm?? maybe this is how newscasters feel? }. I tried to set-up a “studio” in my 9’x10′ office that is literally wall-to-wall furniture ( its more like the multi-purpose room: my office, closet, dresser, and step-daughters room all in one… whoa. ), oh and did I mention I don’t own any studio lights?  Actually I kinda enjoyed the “challenge” of using whatever light source I had, and seeing what I could come up with. After a much needed nap, I decided I’d brave the cold and get a few shots outside.  I definitely enjoy natural light more!

52 on Friday ~ week 3

This weeks theme:  beginnings

My mom moved in with us last November from New Mexico.  Although she is familiar with the area a bit ( she’s lived in the benton, malvern, & hot springs areas ), she is still “new” and is slowly getting to know ones.   My friends Ann and her daughter Christine ( who moved here from Massachusetts last year, to be near her mom ) thought it would be fun to invite us on a little road trip, since we were off on Monday, so that we could all get to know one another better.

The “plan” was to go to Blanchard Springs Caverns just north of Mountain View.  I say “plan” because once we arrived at the park, we found that the visitors center was closed     ( duh, it was a federal holiday…oops ), and they only did tours Tuesday – Sunday.

~rubs chin…. hmmm… “plan b”? ~

We decided to check out the camp sites… its Christine’s personal goal to go to all of Arkansas State Parks.  Then we took a short walk to the Falls.  I never get tired of going there… there is something about nature, water, rocks.  Ah ha!  inspiration hit…. after I finished taking a picture of a family that was there that had asked 🙂   I will take a group picture of us… its our “beginning of a beautiful relationship“, to mark the day and new friendships that have only just begun.  Enjoy!

Check out how Laura of Simple Treasures Photography and the rest of our talented group interpreted this weeks theme by following the links… Click on Laura to get started….

52 on Friday ~ week #2

This week’s theme was brought to you by the number twelve { so did you have a sesame street flash back?  I just did… }

I can be a serious procrastinator…an example would be this week… its thursday evening and I am just now getting my picture done and writing this blog… ohy!  { works well under pressure, right? }  I have been wracking my brain on what to do.  Really number 12 should be so easy… or so you would think.  Do I photograph the number “12”  or do I do a “gathering of the same 12 items”, or….. ah ha! I finally had it…. 12 of my favorite things… so here it is:   12 of My Favorite Things { hmm… little Oprah moment :)     me thinks i watch a little too much t.v. sometimes }

So in case you can’t figure it out:

1. Lime green is my favorite color …. and the blanket is great for travel

2. Turquoise & silver earrings

3. Geckos ~ but only in an artistic way, not a huge fan of the living ones

4. Frogs ~ again, in an artistic way….

5. Wine ~ Chocolate wine is just the best of two worlds

6. Metal Sculpture ~ this one is of leaves..  I tend to migrate toward leaves  subconsciously when decorating

7. My Bible ~ The New World Translation.  This one because one of my best    friends got it for me when we got baptised in symbol of our dedication to Jehovah ( Nov. 20, 1993 )

8. Hats ~ enough said

9. Camera ~ old or new

10. Coffee

11.  My Phone ~ how did we ever function without em?

12. Green Chili ~ I’m from New Mexico. You don’t have a meal without it!

Be sure to follow through our circle of photographers to see everyone else’s interpretation of this week’s theme- start here with Kim Boyd of KB Candids

52 on Friday – week #1

This weeks theme is: Self Portrait.

Honestly I have not done a self-portrait since 7th grade.  Granted these two are not exactly the same when it comes to content.  Seventh grade was paper, pencil, and a mirror … and I couldn’t get the nose right, so frustrating.  This self-portrait go around was a more positive experience.  I chose to take my last day off from my day job, and see what I came up with, a bit apprehensive, because taking a picture of yourself is a bit intimidating, at least for myself, I have always struggled with my self-image.  The more I did it though the more I became ok with staring at the camera {  hmm?? maybe this is how newscasters feel? }. I tried to set-up a “studio” in my 9’x10′ office that is literally wall-to-wall furniture ( its more like the multi-purpose room: my office, closet, dresser, and step-daughters room all in one… whoa. ), oh and did I mention I don’t own any studio lights?  Actually I kinda enjoyed the “challenge” of using whatever light source I had, and seeing what I could come up with. After a much needed nap, I decided I’d brave the cold and get a few shots outside.  I definitely enjoy natural light more!


To help all of us involved in the new adventurous project a few questions were thrown our way so that we could get started off on the right foot.  So here goes the interview:52oF: What is the first thing you see in the morning?me:  My fur babies.  I don’t have any kids of my own, so I have fur babies.  I have five: Addison who is 3yrs old, she’s 1/2 miniature poodle – 1/2 standard  Airedale, I got her from the Pulaski County Humane Society.  She was rescued from a puppy mill.  She’s quite attached and is anxious { more like desperately heartbroken } anytime I leave her.  She’s  my toddler in size & neediness, if I had kids.  Then there is Marley.  My friends got married this year, he loves dogs, she doesn’t.  They couldn’t find her a home, so I said I would be a surrogate until we could find a place.  We fell in love with her… so our home is her home.  She’s a 10yr old miniature pinscher.  Loves to cuddle up and take naps with you.  Then there is Captain, he’s 10yrs old too… he is a mix of a boston terrier, pug, and who knows… a sweet boy, who’s only request is to pet him 24-7.  I also have two cats: Mr.Biggs & Ginger ( aka: “princess fluffy butt” ).52oF: Three words that describe your personality.me:  quiet, sarcastic, determined52oF:  What is one thing you wish you could do, but can’t?

me:  bake bread.  I’ve tried, because I love fresh, warm bread, just out of the oven…. YUM!  My great-grandfather worked in a bakery in Scotland, sadly I did not inherit that gene.  My bread attempts have turned into very good paper weights.

52oF:  First song that pops into your head….. NOW!!!

me:  uh. um. pressure!  kenny chesney – i went out last night……

52oF:  What got you started in photography?

me:  I come from a very artistic family.  My grandpa was a self-taught painter.  I’ve got a cousin who excels at all the arts:  paint, sketch, sculpt, photography.  Then there is the uncle, aunt, and some more cousins that also photograph.  I tried to paint, but after winning a contest in 5th grade, where I used colored pencils, but then had to transfer that picture to a billboard by painting it, it just wasn’t the same.  Art class in 7th grade sealed it, I am not a painter.  At the time photography just seemed easier and I was always drawn to  it.  I took a photography class in high school and loved every bit of it… the technical and the creative sides.  My brother bought me a Pentax K-1000 as a graduation gift, which I still have, and I took off, camera in hand at every get-together and party.  We moved to Albuquerque in 1996 and I found a job with a school photography company.  I credit them with teaching me so much when it comes to detail, posing, and lighting.  I photographed several friends weddings, and it was fun, not work.  So yep I’m the chick with the camera everywhere I go documenting friends, events, travels, places, buildings.  It’s who I am, I see photographs in my mind everywhere I go.

52oF:  What do you love most about photography?

me: That I can travel back to that moment and remember it, and being able to do that for others just brings me warm fuzzies.

52oF:  What do you hope to learn and/or accomplish from this project?

me:  I hoping that it will pull me out of my box, that it will challenge me.  Its going to keep me actively thinking about our themes and using my camera regularly and creatively.  I am going to have to write.  Lately I have not been writing/blogging on a regular basis, so this will get me to do that.  Also with everyone in the group encouraging other followers to check each of us out, I hope that for all of us, there will be an interchange of exposure to ones we might not ever have touched.

Be sure to follow through our circle of photographers to see everyone else’s interpretation of this week’s theme- start here with Laura Stricklin of Simple Treasures Photography